Victor Clevenger: “Contemporary Tanka”






girl in yellow dress
looks like a bobblehead            
sings peaches by bieber
searching for canned chow mein            
half hour before closing time

        face painted like clown
        cute missouri girl dreaming
        she’s a red balloon
        being twisted tightly into hearts
        by a lover’s hands

out the madhouse
man with trucker hat desires
denver omelets
light on the onions
still enjoying a fresh breath of freedom

        st. joseph
        loud thunder & sex screams
        echo through hotel walls
        three episodes into golden girls
        i open my first seltzer



About the Author: Victor Clevenger spends his days in a Madhouse and his nights writing.  Selected pieces of his work have appeared in print magazines and journals around the world; it has also been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and the Pushcart Prize.  He is the author of several collections of poetry including Sandpaper Lovin’ (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2017), A Finger in the Hornets’ Nest (Red Flag Poetry, 2018), Corned Beef Hash By Candlelight (Luchador Press, 2019), A Wildflower In Blood (Roaring Junior Press, 2020), and Mourning Eyes (Between Shadows Press, 2021).  Together with American poet John Dorsey, they run River Dog. He can be reached at:


More by Victor Clevenger:

$5.00 Wok

Milkman’s Mustache

Thursday Evening in September


Image Credit: “INTERIOR VIEW LOOKING EAST – White Crystal Diner, 20 Center Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, NJ ” The Library of Congress

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